Local youth do well in horse show

Six members of the Borderland Quarter Horse Club did the region proud last weekend at the Summer Circuit show in Thunder Bay.
“They all did really, really exceptionally well,” said Gary Beck, a senior member of the club who accompanied the participants to the event.
Beck noted that the six were up against more than 40 participants from across Ontario, Manitoba, and Minnesota.
Beck’s daughter Leanne Beck, 15, of Devlin placed sixth overall in a two-day futurity at Western Pleasure riding her horse Hot Red Rodder. Beck was the youngest to participate in this adult event.
“She did really well for her first time out,” Gary Beck noted.
Leanne Beck also did well in the youth events, placing first in Novice Youth Showmanship on Saturday and first in Youth Western Pleasure 14-18 on Sunday. Also on Sunday, Beck placed first in the youth trail event and was named grand champion of the youth mares three and over.
Her sister, Michelle Beck, 13, also captured a number of first place finishes throughout the weekend with her horse Kat Dancing Lady, including one in the youth western horsemanship, youth western pleasure, and youth hunter under saddle events Friday.
On Saturday, Michelle Beck’s stellar showing continued when she placed first in the senior hunter under saddle, showmanship at halter, and youth hunt seat equitation events.
Beck capped off the weekend with four first place finishes in youth western horsemanship, youth hunter under saddle, youth hunt seat equitation, and novice youth showmanship at halter.
Kayla Caul, 15, of Devlin, had an equally successful weekend riding horse, Itz Ropin Time. Caul was named all-around champion in the 14-18 events Sunday.
On Friday, she placed first in youth showmanship 14-18 and youth hunt Seat Equitation 14-18. She also claimed first place in the aged gelding at Halter competition Saturday, as well as in the senior western pleasure event Sunday.
Eleven-year-old Robin Gurniak of Emo also had a good showing, placing second overall in a two-day walk-trot class. Gurniak also rode Itz Ropin Time.
Emo residents Alana and Kali Wieringa also took part in the event, riding Bell Popper and Smokey Billiette.
Alana Wieringa, 15, captured the grand champion title for youth showmanship at halter Friday, and claimed a first place win in the same event Sunday as well as in youth mares three and over.
Kali Wieringa, 10, also had strong showings, placing third Friday and Saturday in youth western pleasure, and second on Sunday in youth western pleasure under 13.
Kristie Neimi of Thunder Bay emerged as the weekend’s overall winner, riding horse Genuine Shadow.
All the local competitors are looking forward to their next show in October in Brandon, Man.